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The Martians Have Landed!: A History of Media-Driven Panics and Hoaxes

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History is replete with examples of media-created scares and panics. This book presents more than three dozen studies of media scares from the 17th century to the 21st century, including hoaxes perpetrated via newspapers, radio, television and cyberspace. From the 1835 Batmen-on-the-Moon hoax to more recent bird flu scares and Hurricane Katrina myths, this book explores ho ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published October 30th 2011 by McFarland & Company (first published October 19th 2011)
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David James
Jan 08, 2014 David James rated it really liked it
A well-written and entertaining overview of how print, broadcast, and electronic media fuel misconceptions and sometimes create completely unnecessary panics. The infamous Orson Welles "War of the Worlds" broadcast is, of course, represented here, but the book goes much further, delving into stories ranging from the humorous (shark frenzies, disc jockey hoaxes, and urban legends), to the sociologically fascinating (the Halley's Comet scare of 1910, chemtrail conspiracies, and the widely publishe ...more
Jul 04, 2012 Tim rated it it was ok
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It's an aphorism that is phrased various ways. Yet the truth general truth of "It's not the idea, it's the execution" holds true in almost any endeavor. Books are no exception.

Sociologist Robert Bartholomew and Benjamin Radford, deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine, have an intriguing concept in exploring the media's spread of hoaxes and furors over imaginary or minor events. However, the execution in their book The Martians Have Landed!: A History of Media-Driven Panics and Hoaxes d
Mar 30, 2014 R.K. rated it really liked it
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I saw this book reviewed in a recent copy of Skeptical Inquirer and thought it look interesting. The Martians Have Landed was an entertaining, fast read, not too fluff and over-explaning just the basic facts concerning sensationalized stories released by the media. I've heard of many of these stories, but there were a number of stories I didn't realize had no basis in truth at all.

This is a good book to help you realize just how much the media distorts information. Most people already have an un
Aug 10, 2012 Dana rated it liked it
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The Martians Have Landed is something of a critique on the press and media. This could have been a wonderfully entertaining book, exposing hoaxes in a fun way. Unfortunately the writing is very uneven. Several chapters are written by those other than the authors. Some of the stories were interesting, informative, and entertaining. Others were dry and often very brief. While the authors have included an extensive bibliography to substantiate their stories, some additional fact-checking and additi ...more
Aug 11, 2014 Anthony rated it liked it
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Was entertaining to start, but started to feel repetitive toward the end. Most of the stories I was familiar with, as well as the facts debunking them. Overall it was o.k. but not terribly exciting.
May 06, 2013 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
Short chapters full of wonderful information about various scandals and hoaxes that were created or spread by each branch of the media. Teens will like the short chapters and adults will like this peak into media history. This book may have been released in 2012 but it is a favorite book of 2013 for me.
Marty Monahan
Sep 09, 2012 Marty Monahan rated it it was amazing
A good introduction to a number of media driven hoaxes out there.

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